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10 Easy Gin Cocktails To Make This Weekend

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Jun 11, 2021
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When it comes to making cocktails, gin is one of the most versatile spirits you can use. Get mixing gin cocktails with these easy ideas!


Gin is undergoing a renaissance in the UK, with lots of wonderful craft gins being produced in the country. It’s also a fantastic spirit for cocktails, pairing particularly well with citrus flavours and herbs such as mint and thyme.

Here are our top 10 favourite gin cocktail recipes for you to make at home. We hope you find it as ‘ginspiring’ as we do!



Classic Negroni

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The Negroni is a classic gin cocktail recipe and very easy to make. Simply fill a short glass with ice, then pour over 25ml of London Dry gin, 25ml vermouth rosso and 25ml campari. Stir the mixture until well combined, then strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Sunshine Negroni

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We love this summery twist on the classic Negroni, which includes grapefruit soda and grenadine for extra colour and flavour.

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English Garden Cocktail

We love this fresh and fragrant gin cocktail recipe. To make it, pour ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and add 50ml cucumber-infused gin, 50ml apple juice, 25ml lime juice and 20g sugar. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cucumber and mint.

Singapore Sling

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No list of gin cocktails would be complete without the Singapore sling, a classic gin cocktail infused with the flavours of cherry and lime. To make, combine 25ml dry gin with 25ml cherry brandy and 25ml Benedictine in a mixing jug. Add ice and Angostura bitters. Stir well, then pour into a tall glass. Add 50ml pineapple juice and 20ml lime juice and mix. Top up with sparkling water and garnish.

Apricot Blossom Gin Cocktail

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A zingy gin cocktail to celebrate the warm weather. This gin cocktail recipe combines basil, apricot jam and lemon juice with our favourite spirit!

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Southside Cocktail

This gin cocktail recipe takes on the flavours of the mojito (minus the lime) to create a refreshing drink. Pour 60ml good quality gin, 8 mint leaves, 30ml fresh lime juice and 15ml sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake well and drain into a chilled Martini glass.

Tom Collins

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Another classic cocktail recipe is the Tom Collins. To make this gin cocktail, mix together 50ml gin, 25ml lemon juice, 25ml sugar syrup and 125ml chilled water. This can be twisted to your preference by adding raspberries, cognac or elderflower and lemon. Stir well and serve with a slice of lemon.

Fogcutter cocktail

If you’re looking for a strong gin cocktail recipe, then look no further. Combine 20ml gin, 20ml brandy, 20ml rum, 40ml freshly-squeezed orange juice, 20ml lemon juice and around 10ml almond syrup. Shake well and add a drop of sherry to the top. Garnish with fruit and ice, and serve in a tall glass over ice.

Gin Martini

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Shaken, not stirred, of course. To make a gin martini, Stir around 60ml gin with a small amount of vermouth, depending on taste. Keep in mind it will taste more herbal the more you put in. Garnish with whatever you fancy, we like olives on ours! Ensure your glass is frozen and the liquid is smooth before serving. A classic gin cocktail!

French 75

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This classic cocktail combines two of our great loves, gin and sparkling wine. To prepare, add 25ml lemon juice, 20g caster sugar and 50ml gin into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon slices.

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